|Born||January 26, 1964|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Associated acts||Prince, The Revolution|
Susannah Melvoin (born January 26, 1964) is an American vocalist and songwriter, best known for her association with Prince in the mid-1980s. Coming from a musical family, Melvoin is the twin sister of musician Wendy Melvoin, sister of Jonathan Melvoin (touring keyboardist with The Smashing Pumpkins), and daughter of jazz pianist (and former NARAS president) Michael Melvoin.
Her work with Prince
Susannah got her start working with Prince in the mid-1980s during sister Wendy's stint with The Revolution. During this period, she was tapped to be a joint lead vocalist of one of Prince's side projects, "The Family." Prince wrote The Family's 1985 song, "Nothing Compares 2 U," about Melvoin. The selection charted when Sinéad O'Connor covered it in 1990.
Later, she joined the expanded line-up of The Revolution, adding backing vocals to Parade, including the 1986 single "Anotherloverholenyohead". She designed the Dream Factory jacket, and, unlike the rest of The Revolution, received a credit on Sign o' the Times. Melvoin also co-wrote some songs with Prince.
Melvoin has subsequently worked as a background vocalist for such artists as Roger Waters, Eric Clapton and Mike Oldfield among others and has performed vocals on the "Wendy & Lisa" projects's albums.
In 2007, The Family reunited to record a new CD, and renamed themselves fDeluxe in 2009.
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